Thrifty Thursdays feature photographs taken with equipment costing less than $500.

[HP deskjet F4280 printer/scanner - $150]

A few weeks ago I took wings off a dead periodical cicada and stuck them in my basic desktop scanner/printer/copier just to see what the machine could do. I was pleased. A cheap scanner can make journal-quality technical illustrations of 2-dimensional subjects. I thought, "I'm gonna have to try this again".

So I did. The periodical cicadas have passed, replaced by midsummer dog-day cicadas. The image above is a 1200 dpi scan of the green-trimmed fore and hind wings of a cicada from the back yard.